in the footsteps of Henry Taunt - logo of the book "Thames Revisited" by Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins
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Whitchurch
Whitchurch then

Whitchurch then, photograph by Henry Taunt, reproduced by permission of Oxfordshire County Council HT05142

   
Whitchurch now
Whitchurch now, photography by Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins, copyright Graham Diprose & Jeff Robins

"There are extremely pretty scenes all around Pangbourne, picturesque cottages and quaint bits are to be seen everywhere, beautiful walks are found in nearly every direction, up the valleys, through the woods, and over the hills, with great diversity of landscape; while the flora of the neighbourhood is more varied than in any other part of the Thames."

Henry Taunt 1885

The mirror-like surface of the water and the beautiful reflectios in the photographs are caused by an interesting phenomenon. Taunt's glass plates would have been very slow and insensitive to light by today's standards. A tripod and long exposure was required. When photographing water, with even a slight ripple, with an exposure time of a second or longer, the surface of the water 'averages itself.s out' and appears to be much flatter, causing idylllic reflections to appear.

Graham Diprose 2007

See Taunt's image on its original map.

The text above are sample extracts from the book; entries for each location are more extensive.

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Outline of the River Thames: the area covered by Henry Taunt’s documentary photographs and maps from the source at Thames Head to the Houses of Parliament